Road in Etten

Artist: Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)

Date: 1881

Medium: Chalk, pencil, pastel, watercolor. Underdrawing in pen and brown ink.

Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 22 3/4 in. (39.4 x 57.8 cm)

Classification: Drawings

Credit Line: Robert Lehman Collection, 1975

Accession Number: 1975.1.774


In 1881 van Gogh briefly resided in Etten, where he produced a number of drawings of local peasants and laborers performing routine, humble tasks. This masterful work, in which a man with a broom is seen sweeping a street lined with pollard willows, is a characteristic example.